I.F. man asks to be deported after attempted rape


An Idaho Falls man was arrested Saturday after he reportedly attempted to rape a woman.  

Carlos Eduardo Zendejas-Lopez, 31, called Bonneville County Dispatch to report that he hit a woman and needed to be deported, according to court documents.

The victim, 28, told Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office deputies she was lying in bed when Zendejas-Lopez laid next to her with his pants off and attempted to have sex with her. The victim said she was not interested and told Zendejas-Lopez to stop, but he refused saying “I can do this to you,” according to court documents.

The victim said she successfully fought Zendejas-Lopez off and he became angry, grabbing her hair and pulling her around the room. Zendejas-Lopez began pushing the victim’s head into walls and doors. The victim used her arms to reduce the impact, and was injured on her arm and knee.

Deputies took photos of the victim’s injuries and hair, which the deputy found consistent with being pulled.

Zendejas-Lopez was booked in the Bonneville County Jail. He told deputies he had tried to undress the victim, but said he was waiting for consent before doing anything. Zendejas-Lopez also said he grabbed the victim’s hair, but said he had not hit her, contradicting his statement to dispatch.

Zendejas-Lopez was arraigned Tuesday and charged with battery with intent to commit a serious felony, punishable with up to 20 years in prison, and domestic battery inflicting traumatic injury, punishable with up to 10 years in prison. His bond was set at $35,000.

A no-contact was issued between Zendejas-Lopez and the victim, and a no-contact order hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.